Saturday, October 19, 2013

Work rules worth striking over

A transit strike that led to snarled highways in the San Francisco Bay area Friday was triggered in part by unions' refusal to accept new job rules, in an impasse that experts say could cost the region as much as $100 million a day. ...

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021, representing about 2,300 BART workers, announced the strike Thursday after a 28-hour negotiating session, saying they couldn't accept proposed changes in work rules, such as having to work a 40-hour week to qualify for overtime. ...

That work rules rather than pay and benefits would be a deal-breaker surprised many associated with the dispute, which has lasted six months. ...

In one area of dispute, BART wants to require workers in the field to use mobile devices to file notes rather than follow current practice of filing handwritten and typed notes, he said.
--Jim Carlton, WSJ, on the latest public services shutdown